Special counsel tab in Waters inquiry may hit $1.3 million
August 2nd, 2012
12:47 PM ET
11 years ago

Special counsel tab in Waters inquiry may hit $1.3 million

Washington (CNN) - Members of the House Ethics Committee have voted unanimously to spend up to $500,000 extending the contract of a special counsel examining alleged wrongdoing by California Rep. Maxine Waters, according to a committee statement released Thursday.

Prominent Washington attorney Billy Martin was hired to take charge of the roughly three-year investigation last summer, at a cost of up to $800,000, in order to investigate reports of possible improper communication between committee attorneys and lawmakers on the ethics panel. His contract has been extended twice and runs through the end of the current Congress.


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  1. truth hurts

    yet another corrupt democrat that remains in the pelosi swamp. these corrupt politicans need to be expelled and not slapped on the wrist. it is a joke to spend millions to slap them on the wrist. they need to be given the tip of the boot. drummed out in shame.

    August 2, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. CBR

    Three years and how many millions of dollars to look into this issue. If after three years you do not have any indictments then wrap it up, report what you have found, move on. If there is enough evidence then bring charges against Maxine Waters. Otherwise give it up and go back to the issues facing this Congress and the American people.

    How many of these investigations exist? How many have resulted in charges being filed? When will Congress get too work on the issues before it.

    August 2, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Doug

    I know, everyone who questions Lady Waters is a racist! wow, this is great, I can't believe no one thought of this tactic before.

    August 2, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Republicans want to penalize Waters because her husband worked at a bank that supposedly received some Stimulus funds. What about all of the members who voted to give away TARP to the same people who donate to their campaigns, and who probably managed parts of their portfolios?

    August 2, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Technically, Rove's group is not a superPAC at all. It is defined in the same way a food pantry would. Technically, their ads are public service announcements, informing the public of their version of the facts. "Since Pres. Obama has been in office, we have had blah, blah, blah." Technically, that is more factual than political. Because of how Rove's group is defined, they do not have to reveal their donors at all. Naturally, I don't like it."

    I think you're a little off today Rudy.

    American Crossroads is a 527 organization under 501(c) and is a SuperPAC. Its largest donors are prominent conservative business men and corporations that want tax cuts that the middle-class pays for, and an end to things like the minimum wage, Medicare and SS.

    Crossroads GPS is the 501(c)(4) organization that operates as a non-profit and gets to pretend it is doing things for social welfare and public policy advocacy for the greater good. It must disclose what it spends, but does not have to identify the donors.

    August 2, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Paul Ernest Show

    That's the cost of paying for 10 to 12 houses waiting to be foreclosed. Congress fiddles while Americans suffer.

    August 2, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    And yes...both American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS are Rove's fetid spawn....soooo, yes, a SuperPAC is involved and Rove and Gillespie shouldn't be having closed-door, unsupervised meetings with political candidates and elected officials that are not made public or at which no press can attend (or they are otherwise forced to disclose the substance or even an independent recording of said meeting).

    August 2, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Myviewis

    She can keep Rep. Laura Richardson company.

    August 2, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. equitus

    Yes, it's too expensive and time-consuming to investigate and prosecute for corruption. Let's just leave them alone! /sarc

    August 2, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. truth hurts

    Waters is facing accusations that she improperly sought federal assistance in 2008 for OneUnited Bank, a minority-owned bank in which her husband held a financial interest. The bank received $12 million in bailout funds.
    rudy needs to read the articles so he doesn't get caught up in his half truths. waters SOUGHT the aid for the bank her husband held an interest in, and by marriage, so did she. this would be the definition of corruption.

    August 2, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Wake up people

    Wow, three years and they still have no proof? Sounds like a witch hunt to me. But that's the rethuglican way, waste time and money doing absolutely nothing.

    August 2, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "this would be the definition of corruption."

    No, that would be the act. Yuo still need to prove the required mental state. The difference is that Rudy accurately stated that she was accused of "improperly" seeking the assistance. It's not "improper" per se for her to have done so. But that's ok. Most of us agree it was a bad call for appearances sake at least for her to have done it even if it was above-board and nothing in the way of actual influence peddling occured. But hey, since you've decided it's per se improper for her to have done this, no matter what happened, then I think I'll decide that it's per se improper for Rove and Gillespie to be in closed-door secretive meetings with GOP/Teatroll candidates and elected officials FOR ANY REASON, EVER, NO MATTER WHAT THEY DECIDE TO TALK ABOUT because of the fact that a SuperPAC and its money are involved. Let's start up THAT investigation now too.

    August 2, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Hussein Obama = Jimmy Carter minus the inflation

    Some people have no honor. If she had one ounce of honor she would have resigned. But she knows almost nothing will happen to her even if they find her guilty. So the corrupt Pelosi Democrat Swamp continues to grow and flourish costly the American taxpayer millions and millions. Drum them out and jail them. No more slap on the wrists or this will continue forever, at our expense.

    August 2, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts wrote:

    rudy needs to read the articles so he doesn't get caught up in his half truths. waters SOUGHT the aid for the bank her husband held an interest in, and by marriage, so did she. this would be the definition of corruption.
    I know that. You speak as if the members of Congress didn't SEEK assistance through TARP for banking institutions where they held a vested interest?

    August 2, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. BLKMANinAmerica


    August 2, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Patricia

    I agree with CBR the money is going to pay the lawyer, no charges filed. I guess the Republicans would rather pay lawyers with taxpayers money than declare a lost. They never know when to cut bait, just keep on fishing. I guess they forgot the Ken Starr fiasco and the 110 million he was paid.

    August 2, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. truth hurts

    Rudy NYC - I know that. You speak as if the members of Congress didn't SEEK assistance through TARP for banking institutions where they held a vested interest?
    if they did the same thing as waters then they should be investigated as well. to date waters is the only one we have heard of but if there are more then they should get the same treatment. our tax money is not for their personal use and not to be used to line their pockets and save their investments from going under. waters knew what she was doing was wrong. she is pretty dumb but not that dumb.

    August 2, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Rep. Waters sought money for a trade group comprised of the largest minority owned banks in the country. Her husband happened to work at one. The group was overlooked by TARP. I wonder why.

    If what she did was "corrupt" or a "conflict of interest", then most anything a member of Congress does for their constituents can be viewed as corruption.

    August 2, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. WiredweirdinSF

    Regretfully, it will cost more to house this person for the rest of her life in the jail she so deserves. It will probably be a mental health facility or at least have padded wall cause this poverty pimp is bonkers. So obviously corrupt and psychotic, what does that say about her supporters?

    August 2, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |